Could you help raise a furry crime-fighter? Police dog fosterers wanted in West Midlands
Members of the public are being called upon to help raise some furry crime-fighters.
West Midlands Police is looking for puppy fosterers to help take on some of its upcoming litters of police puppies.
The force said it is looking for temporary homes for a litter of German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois while they undertake their socialising training.
A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: "As a puppy fosterer, our police pups will come and stay with you from eight weeks until they are around 12 months old.
"Although it can be a challenging role, it is also hugely rewarding.
"Fosterers play a vital role in a police puppy’s development and help them socialise with people and other dogs by taking them to a variety of environments such as parks, shopping centres, on public transport and more.
"Puppy fosterers play a very important role in a dog's life; exposing them to different environments and social surroundings in the most crucial development periods."
Police puppy fosterers Darren and Jillian said: "It is really satisfying to play a part in helping crime-fighting police dogs of the future.
“You play such a vital part in these dog’s lives and you can make a huge difference.
"These pups can go on to eventually track down criminals and make our streets safer.”
Anyone who is interested should email email@example.com to register interest.